Sheri Matascik joined the Maryville College faculty in 1995 and is currently an Associate Professor of Music. She attended the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University in Ohio, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance and a Master of Music degree in music theory and composition. A one-semester fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh followed, where Matascik worked with student composers on modular synthesis and multi-track tape recording. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in music theory and composition at Kent State University. While there, Matascik was honored with a graduate student teaching award. She also minored in ethnomusicology at Kent, having the opportunity to work with noted ethnomusicologist, Dr. Terry Miller.
Professionally, Matascik's interests include music composition, theory and aural skills pedagogy as well as fingerstyle guitar performance. As a composer, Matascik has written many works for chamber groups, synthesizer, and guitar, among other instruments and ensembles. She is currently writing and performing music for solo fingerstyle guitar. Matascik has recorded two commercial CDs since 2009, "At the End of the Day" (2009) and "Spirit Wood" (2011). Matascik's latest project involves ukulele and guitar tunes, with a new CD due out soon.
A long-time environmental advocate, Matascik has served as a member, Secretary, Vice-Chair, and Chair of college environmental committees, serving as Chair of the Campus Sustainability Group 2014-2018. She has also recently spent six years sustainably remodeling her mid-century home.
Current courses taught:
- First Year Seminar 110
- Music Theory I-IV
- Aural Skills I-IV
- Classical and Fingerstyle Guitar, music theory, and music composition lessons
- Music 140, a music appreciation course
- Senior Study 351-352
- Introduction to Ethnomusicology
- Analytical Techniques
- Music Theory Pedagogy
Past courses taught:
- Senior Seminar 480 ("Creativity") ("Music and Culture") ("The World of Woof: Perspectives on Dogs")
- Freshman Seminar 120, 130, and 140 (Perspectives on the Individual, Environment, and Communities)
- Fine Arts 140 and 340
- January Term Courses: Creativity, Perspectives on Race, FNA 140
- Philosophy of Music
- T'ai Chi I-IV